#Airavata, Indra’s elephant.
Genealogy: Visnu – Brahma – Kasyapa – Bhadramata – Iravati – Airavata.
Kasyapa married Daksa’s daughter, Krodhavasa who bore him ten daughters. They were: Mrgi, Mrgamanda, Hari, Bhadramata, Matangi, Sarduli, Sveta, Surabhi, Sarasa and Kadru. Of these Bhadramata had a daughter named Iravani and Airavata was her son. Airavata was not human in shape; he was a large elephant.
(See Sarga 14, Aranyakanda, Ramayana).
2 ) Indra’s vahana.
Indra made Airavata his conveyance (#vahana). Indra was Kasyapa’s son by Aditi. Airavata also was descended from Kasyapa. So Indra took Airavata as his vahana.
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